EMG 85-X Active Humbucker Pickup

An upgrade to the classic EMG 85 pickup, the 85-X delivers aggressive tone with more headroom. EMG's solderless Quik-Connect system makes installation easy.

EMG pickups are renowned for forging a sound full of body -- an unstoppable wall of tone that maintains a surprising amount of clarity and articulation. Your EMG 85-X active bridge humbucker takes this design and brings in more headroom for your signal. This active pickup utilizes alnico V magnets and a cool-looking and protective outer casing, and pairs well with almost any other EMG pickup in the neck position. Get a little extra push from this new and improved EMG 85 -- and let your licks soar with assured sonic potency.

Get a quick peek at the gritty distortion of the EMG 85-X:

The Upgraded EMG 85: More Headroom for Your Axe

Slap this humbucker into your axe's bridge position and feel the decibels flow from your fingertips to the world around you. Take all of the elements of the EMG 85 -- sharp response, pristine clarity, incredible sensitivity, and imposing tonal power -- and add in a more potent and organic expression coupled with greater headroom, and you'll hear your axe like you've never heard it before. This humbucker does its job best in the bridge position, works beautifully for aggressive leads and rhythmic chugs, and pairs well with virtually almost any other EMG pickup.

Close Aperture Coils and Alnico V Magnets

Your EMG 85-X active humbucker utilizes close aperture coils and alnico V magnets to energize your signal. Alnico V magnet circuit designs tend to yield a bright and aggressive tonal character. Your ears will experience the enhanced dynamics of read more this awesome pickup through every wailing bend or heart-stopping run. Crank up the gain and get some interesting sounds you never knew your guitar could make!

Protective Casing

Keeping all of the uninvited elements -- dirt, sweat, and dust -- away from your EMG 85-X's inner circuitry is a sinister-looking protective outer casing. This shield is what makes EMG pickups visually stand out in the crowd, but it also keeps your signal crystal-clear. Every strum and every note from your axe will make its way through to your amp in that awesome articulation that EMG pickups have become recognized to produce.


- More headroom than the original EMG 85
- Alnico V magnets
- Aggressive tones for rhythm and lead
- Can be paired with almost any other EMG pickup

Package Includes:

- One active bridge humbucking pickup
- EMG's exclusive solderless Quik-Connect(TM) system
- Split shaft volume/active tone control set
- Output jack
- Battery clip set
- Screws & springs
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2967.00

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 707-525-9941

EMG 85X Active Humbucker Pickup

The EMG 85-X provides increased headroom giving the voicing an organic and open tone while still maintaining the clarity and response that EMG's are renowned for. Featuring close aperture coils loaded with Alnico V magnets and powered by a reengineered designed preamp, the 85-X is a powerful pickup with exceptional tone and versatility across the spectrum. The Alnico magnets give a warm growl and velvet lead tones that enable you to play the deepest of blues to the most extreme metal.

Note: This pickup is the short shaft version.

Try this pickup in the bridge position for exceptional smoothness and soul. This pickup pairs well with just about every other humbucker in the line. Give it a try and experience why the "X" factor is exciting players all around the world.

Package Includes: EMG's exclusive solderless Quik-Connect(TM) system; split shaft volume/active tone control set, output jack, battery clip set, screws & springs.


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